Dodgers fall to Reds, lose ground in NL West

Wood struggles early; LA winless in 5 games against Cincinnati

September 10th, 2018

CINCINNATI -- The last-place Reds haven't completely spoiled the Dodgers' season, but they're working on it.

After sweeping the Dodgers in a four-game series at Dodger Stadium in May, the Reds played pennant-race spoiler on Monday night with Scooter Gennett's four hits leading a 10-6 win at Great American Ball Park, as the Dodgers slipped back to 1 1/2 games out of first place in the National League West.

"I wouldn't expect for our club to be 0-5 against anyone," said Dodgers manager Dave Roberts. "That first time around they really pitched us well. We still can't figure a way to get Gennett out, and that was apparent again."

The Dodgers were coming off an emotional showdown series win against first-place Colorado, while the Reds are playing out the string. But first, Cincinnati worked over Dodgers starter Alex Wood in a four-run first inning and never trailed, even though Cincinnati starter lasted only four innings.

Wood didn't even get that far, removed after 3 2/3 innings, charged with seven runs and six earned, although two of those could have been unearned as they scored after a drop that wasn't ruled an error.

"The nights when you don't have anything are not very fun," said Wood, who had a 1.86 ERA in seven starts since the All-Star break coming into this one. "This isn't a place where you can come and not be sharp and expect to do well, and they took advantage of that tonight."

Wood was working on an extra day of rest, but his fastball command wasn't sharp, and his second-half velocity has dipped, as it did last year.

"The velocity is not where it was last year, but when Alex is down and commanding the fastball, he's still very productive," said Roberts. "Of late, there's more starts where it's just not as sharp, the breaking ball and change is not as consistent as he'd like it. This year, it just hasn't been as consistent as far as executing the secondaries or the fastball command."

Wood wasn't the only Dodger having a rough night. Manny Machado committed a throwing error that led to an unearned run. Grandal dropped a ball on a tag at the plate for the second time in a week. was doubled off second base on pinch-hitter 's line drive with the bases loaded and the Dodgers down by four runs.

"The offense did a great job getting us back into the game," said Roberts. "We were one hit away with the Puig at-bat from being a completely different ballgame."

After the Dodgers left the bases loaded in the top of the first, the first three Reds batters reached base, and six of the first seven, in a four-run, 31-pitch inning. Wood allowed a two-run double to Joey Votto, but one unearned run scored when Machado skipped a throw into the photo well.

The Dodgers cashed in a leadoff walk to Chris Taylor in the third inning on Matt Kemp's RBI single, but sent Wood's first pitch in the bottom of the inning the other way over the fence for his 32nd home run.

In the fourth inning, snapped an 0-for-26 drought with a double, and one out later Taylor homered to right-center. But the Reds were gifted another run in the fourth when blooped a double and scored by knocking the ball out of catcher Grandal's glove on the tag after fielded 's single and threw on a bounce to the plate. Grandal was not assessed an error and the run was earned. But Grandal led off the sixth inning with his 23rd home run.


With two runs in to cut the deficit to 10-6, one out and the bases loaded, pinch-hitter Puig fouled off seven consecutive pitches from Jared Hughes before drilling a 111.8-mph rocket caught by third baseman Suarez, who doubled Muncy off second base to end the inning.

"That was the second time this year with runners on base, and he's hit a Iine drive to third," Hughes said. "Before that, he was 4-for-4 off me with two homers, so I know he can definitely find a way to make adjustments against my sinker.

"That's what he was trying to do in that at-bat. He finally did. Thank goodness, Geno was standing right there and made an outstanding play. Even though it was right at him, I don't think anybody understands how hard it is to catch a ball that's going 100 miles an hour."


• The Dodgers have homered in 18 consecutive games, a Los Angeles record. The franchise record is 24 games, set in 1953 in Brooklyn.

struck out the side in the eighth inning and now has 17 strikeouts and only two walks in 9 2/3 innings.


"He pitches me like that, sinker and sinker, I do my best to hit the ball in the air. I hit it hard, the guy made a good catch." -- Puig, on the double-play liner


opposes and the Reds on Tuesday at 3:40 p.m. PT. Ryu is coming off a strange one, allowing 10 hits in six innings, but most of them were soft. He struck out eight without a walk, but Roberts said Ryu pitched better than that line.